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Spring Street Circa 1898, Save the Fill-in-The-Blank

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DOWNTOWN: Via LA History's Twitter stream, a look at South Spring Street. A Thomas Edison film, here's the summary: "Advertised as part of the "Southern Pacific Company Series" (Edison films catalog): The Southern Pacific Company ("Sunset Route") offers special inducements to winter travelers, by reason of its southern route, thereby avoiding the extreme cold of the winter months. Its course lies through a section of the country that presents a variety of beautiful and picturesque natural scenery. It is also the direct route to the popular resorts of Southern California, thereby making it a favorable route for tourists. The following subjects were taken by our artist while traveling over the very extensive lines of the Southern Pacific Railroad Co., to whom we are indebted for many courtesies, and without whose co-operation we should not have been able to bring before the public these animated photographs of interesting and novel scenes." Check out the short film here. [American Memory]

LOS ANGELES: Ah, who doesn't remember the days of being a wee lad and curling up behind a library shelf with a book. In response to the proposed budget cuts, the Save the Library Twitter stream has launched. They're warning of "layoffs, branches closed, no Internet access, & fewer hours, services, books, DVDs & programs" for LA. [Twitter]